DCS of the UK has been manufacturing the world's premier digital playback music systems for 25 years. This a Paganini trio, consisting of the CD/SACD transport, the DAC and Master Clock. The Paganini system received 'System of the Year' awards and great reviews, without exception. In 2009/2010 all reviewers who were lucky enough to get these components for review, acknowledged that the is the best digital they they had ever heard. Use the link above to read one of the reviews, that takes a detailed look at all of the functions available with this group of components. Other reviews: HiFi World: https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/HFW-dCS-Paganini.pdf (the review also includes the upsampler, but some would argue that it is not necessary given the abilities of the DAC) DCS website Product page for DAC: https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/products/paganini-dac/specification DCS website Product page for Transport: https://www.dcsltd.co.uk/products/paganini-cdsacd-transport/specification
1) The Paganini transport uses a solidly constructed TEAC UMK5 mechanism with a metal tray built specially for dCS. It features an Aerospace-grade aluminium chassis with laminated acoustic damping panels to reduce magnetic effects and vibration. It weighs 25 pounds. Digital Outputs IEEE 1394 interface on 2x 6-way connectors. The interface outputs dCS-encrypted DSD (1 bit data at 2.822MS/s) whether a CD or SACD is playing. 2x AES/EBU on 3-pin male XLR connectors. Each outputs CD format data (16 bits at 44.1kS/s), whether a CD or SACD is playing. When set to Vivaldi mode, the 2 outputs act as a Dual AES pair, carrying dCS-encrypted DSD data whether a CD or SACD is playing. 2x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono connectors. Each outputs CD format data, whether a CD or SACD is playing. Upsampling Rates CD data may be upsampled to DSD.
2) The Paganini DAC offers prodigious digital abilities and features: Digital Inputs IEEE 1394 interface on 2x 6-way connectors. The interface accepts dCS-encrypted DSD (1 bit data at 2.822MS/s). 2x AES/EBU on 3-pin female XLR connectors. Each will accept up to 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4 & 192kS/s & DOP OR 1x Dual AES pair at 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192, 352.8, 384kS/s & DOP or dCS-encrypted DSD. 2x SPDIF on 2x RCA Phono connectors. Each will accept up to 24 bit PCM at 32, 44.1, 48, 88.2, 96, 176.4, 192kS/s & DOP
In addition to its digital features, the Paganini DAC has a volume control, that allows you to drive an amplifier directly! So if you just have a single source system (digital-only) you can sell your preamp.
3) The Paganini Master clock is a powerful anti-jitter device that prevents timing errors from getting into your music playback. DSC explains: "Clocking is very important in an audio system because any timing errors that occur in the DAC will be converted directly into errors in the analogue output. Our DACs can act as the system master clock, but listening tests have shown that there is no substitute for a high-quality, dedicated master clock..... With a clock added to a dCS system images snap into sharper focus and the music displays a substantially greater sense of authority and power as well as, most importantly, offering noticeably higher resolution of detail."
With the Paganini system, you will hear details that you have never heard in your music before. You'll want to listen to your whole CD collection and your favourite streamed tracks again to hear what you have been missing!
These components are in very good condition with no obvious marks. The silver finish is fabulous, and the large digital display on the blue LCD windows is easy to read across the room. If silver really turns you-on the heavy, silver stainless steel component stand that you see the Paganinis on is also available. (I cannot "include" it as it belongs to someone else who is asking me to sell it for him)
This Paganini trio sold for $43,000.00 when new (plus taxes...even if you could get a dealer to 'eat' the taxes, it was still $43,000.00!) You can have this set for only $17,000.00. (obro) At the asking price you can have some added extras: the Signal Cable Digital power cord and the Kimber KCTG silver AES/EBU cables pictured. (a $1300.00 value)
original boxes and packing materials, manuals, quick set-up guides, power and interconnect cables, remote control
Re: DCS Paganini CD/SACD Transport, DAC and Master Clock
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